China has been announced as the host country for the first edition of the ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest in 2017.

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has confirmed that China will be the host country for the first edition of the ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest. The announcement of comes as the ABU is holding its General Assembly in Bali, Indonesia. The contest is set to be discussed with other ABU member representatives tomorrow afternoon.

The date and host city of the ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest has not yet been revealed. It is expected that the host broadcaster will be Hunan Television. The broadcaster proposed the song contest under its initial the “ABU Cup TV Song Contest” in 2015. Hunan Television has previous experience in working with and broadcasting international song contests. Since 2015 the broadcaster has shown the Eurovision Song Contest live to Chinese audiences, sending a commentary team and delegation to the contest.

The ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest is the first competitive international song contest to be organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union since 1991. The ABU for three years held the ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival in Malaysia. Over those three years over 20 countries participated in the contest including the likes of Nepal, Jordan, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

Eligible competing countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

More details regarding the contest are expected to be revealed by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union in the next couple of months.

Source: ABU